5 December 2022

London : Britain’s Indian – origin home secretary Suella Braverman has cast doubts over a proposed free trade agreement ( FTA ) with India over the issue of migration and branded Indians as the ” largest group of people who overstay ” their visas in the UK.

Expressing concerns over what she feared would be an ” open borders ” migration pol icy in an interview on Thurs day , she seemed to indicate that she wouldn’t offer cabinet backing to a trade deal that offers India more visa concessions .

Concerned About Open Borders
Concerned About Open Borders

It would pitch her in a possible clash with British PM Liz Truss , who wants an FTA with India – now in the final round of negotiations within the Diwali deadline set by her predecessor Boris Johnson . ” I have concerns about having an open borders migration policy with India because I don’t think that’s what people voted for with Brexit , ” she said .

Asked about visa flexibility for students and entrepreneurs under an India – UK FTA , she said : ” I do have some reservations . Look at migration in this country the largest group of people who overstay are Indian migrants .

We even reached an agreement with the Indian government last year to encourage and facilitate better cooperation . It has not necessarily worked very well , ” she said . Braverman was referencing the Migration and Mobility Partnership clinched last year .

But Braverman’s contention that the pact has not worked well is seen as a clear indication that she is unlikely to back Truss on any further visa offers that are expected to be a part of a wider FTA .

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